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A Rebours

For some people, “Nature” means everything there is; others employ the term to denote only what they imagine to be statistically common. A given human behaviour, for example, might therefore be conceived of as either “natural”, on the grounds that lots of people do it, or as “unnatural”, on the grounds that not enough people […]

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 17:00 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: AGAINST NATURE, Preface

The Inferior Animal On The Platform

If you always seem to wait 14 minutes for a train that runs at 15-minute intervals, is that merely your imagination? There are certainly cognitive processes that can make such patterns appear out of randomness; for example if you forget the times when you caught the just-arriving train, and remember only the just-missed departures. Another […]

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 16:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: AGAINST NATURE, Preface